Tuesday, November 25, 2008


HHS's Missie Rodriguez has been chosen as the Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year for 2008 by the New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. Since 1994 Missie has taught physical education for Dresden District students with mental or physical disabilities.

She came away from the Association's banquet with the following award: "Missie developed two adapted Physical Education programs, one for the Richmond Middle School and the other for Hanover High School. Each develops physical and motor fitness, fundamental motor fitness, functional motor skills and patterning, and each is geared for the particular and varying needs of middle and high school students. The program develops skills that are used in aquatics, dance movement, individual and group games and sports, including those sports considered lifetime sports i.e., swimming, dance, bowling, snow shoeing, biking.

"These are so important for a lifetime of physical activity and wellness for all people, disabled or not. The activities are carried out one-on-one, in small groups or full size classes in settings geared specifically for the activity involved and the students' needs."